Former England and Lions hooker Tom Youngs announces retirement from rugby effective immediately

Former England and Lions hooker Tom Youngs has announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect… The Leicester striker is now ready to continue caring for his wife who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma

  • Leicester confirmed earlier this season that Tom Youngs had taken indefinite leave
  • The club have not set a date for Youngs to return to action when he took time off in October
  • Frontline action star retires after making 28 appearances for England
  • Forward’s wife Tiffany was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014

Former English and British and Irish Lions hooker Tom Youngs has confirmed his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Leicester Youngs club confirmed earlier this season that the 35-year-old had taken indefinite leave from the Tigers to look after his wife Tiffany who is battling illness.

Youngs’ wife was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014 and three years later was told her disease would be terminal. In 2018, she then learned that she was in a state of remission.

Frontline striker retires after making 215 appearances for Leicester

Former English and British and Irish Lions hooker Tom Youngs has confirmed his retirement

Youngs took indefinite leave in October to care for wife Tiffany who is battling illness

Youngs took indefinite leave in October to care for wife Tiffany who is battling illness

Leicester did not set a date for Youngs to return to action when he took time off in October last year and it has now been confirmed that he played his last rugby as a professional.

The all-action frontline striker is retiring after making 215 appearances for Leicester and earning 28 caps for England and three for the Lions.

“I’m very grateful to all the teammates who helped me along the way, the coaches who taught me so much and the fans who were there to cheer us on,” Youngs said.

“I always planned for this season to be my last and I’m comfortable with the timing of it now.

All-action frontline striker retires after making 215 appearances for Leicester

All-action frontline striker retires after making 215 appearances for Leicester

“I have no regrets and looking back I’m proud of what I achieved at the only club I ever wanted to play for.”

Winner of the Premiership title in 2012/13 and winner of the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2016/17, Youngs retires second on Leicester’s all-time list for captaincy appearances with 98.

Only legendary England World Cup-winning skipper Martin Johnson has captained Leicester on more than one occasion.

A second-generation tiger, Youngs is the son of former Leicester scrum-half Nick and has spent his career playing alongside brother Ben at club and international level.

On his family connection to the club, Tom Youngs added: “There has always been a connection to the club with dad playing for the Tigers and I have memories from an early age of hearing what that was. was for him and what it meant to him.

Youngs has spent his career playing alongside his brother Ben (R) at club and international level

Youngs has spent his career playing alongside his brother Ben (R) at club and international level

“To be able to do what I did, alongside my brother and after my father, it’s just magical. I couldn’t have written it better.

The Youngs brothers represented England together at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and also toured Australia with the Lions in 2013.

Tom Youngs said of his career, “It was never easy, but I loved it.” I think it suited me. I think the person I am and wanted to be was helped by doing it my way.

“I want to make a special mention to everyone I worked with at Leicester Tigers, led by chairman Peter Tom, who was so supportive of me and my family on and off the pitch.”

The Youngs brothers toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 2013

The Youngs brothers toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 2013

“Above all, I want to thank my family for everything they have done to help me achieve what I have been able to do throughout my career.

“My mum, dad, brother and all of my extended family, I’m so lucky to have them.

‘Finally, to my wife Tiff and my daughter Maisie, I’m lucky to have you by my side and I wouldn’t be where I am without you. Thanks to you two.’

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Charles P. Patton